Nebraska-Notre Dame highlights weekend

Friday, September 8th 2000, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

DALLAS--While No. 1 Nebraska goes north to play No. 23 Notre Dame, No. 6 Texas and Oklahoma State become the final Big 12 teams to kick off their seasons on Saturday.

The Longhorns open at home against Louisiana-Lafayette, which last weekend lost to Division I-AA Sam Houston State. The most exciting part of this game may be finding out which quarterback starts _ super sophomore Chris Simms or junior Major Applewhite, the reigning Big 12 offensive player of the year.

The Cowboys will debut at Tulsa (0-1) in the first home game for new Golden Hurricane coach Keith Burns. Oklahoma State thumped the Golden Hurricane 46-9 last season.

The big game is the Cornhuskers (1-0) at the Fighting Irish (1-0) in the first meeting of the traditional powers since the Orange Bowl on Jan. 1, 1973. Nebraska won 40-6 in the final game of Bob Devaney's coaching career.

Notre Dame is fresh off a 24-10 victory over Texas A&M. Nebraska blew out San Jose State 49-13.

Conference play does not begin until Sept. 30 when all league teams will be in action against each other. League teams are 9-3 so far against non-conference foes.

In other games, No. 20 Oklahoma plays host to Arkansas State, Colorado is at No. 11 Southern California, UNLV plays at Iowa State, Missouri is at Clemson, Wyoming is at Texas A&M and North Texas is at Texas Tech.

No. 7 Kansas State, Kansas and Baylor are off.

Oklahoma (1-0) crushed Arkansas State 61-0 the last time they met, in 1992, and could do so again with quarterback Josh Heupel having led the Sooners to a 55-14 victory over UTEP last week.

Colorado (0-1) will have its hands full chasing Trojans quarterback Carson Palmer. USC (1-0) blasted Penn State 29-5 on Aug. 27 while the Buffaloes are coming off a loss to intra-state rival Colorado State.

Iowa State (1-0) shut out UNLV last season and will be looking to build on a 25-15 victory over Ohio last week. The Cyclones have won five of its last 12. The Rebels will be playing their opener after going 3-8 last season.

Missouri (1-0) returns to Division I-A competition after pasting I-AA Western Illinois 50-20 last Saturday. Clemson (1-0) is coming off a 38-0 whipping of The Citadel during which quarterback Woodrow Dantzler completed 16-of-17 passes.

A&M (0-1) opens a run of four straight home games seeking to rebound from its loss to Notre Dame. Wyoming (0-1) lost to Auburn last weekend.

Tech (2-0) wants to avenge a 21-14 loss to North Texas (0-1) last season and could rack up some big numbers as quarterback Kliff Kingsbury continues settling into coach Mike Leach's high-flying offense. The Eagles opened their season with a loss to Baylor.